Rains swamp Audubon’s Beidler Forest walkway in Harleyville
HARLEYVILLE — Rain has washed out a walkway to the iconic cypress bottoms boardwalk at the Beidler Forest sanctuary.
Staff say its reopening is day to day and are asking visitors to call ahead at (843) 462-2150.
The temporary walkway traverses ground around an upland section of the boardwalk under repair. The walkway was as much as knee deep underwater at one point.
“It’s still underwater, but the water is receding,” said Matt Johnson, education manager, on Thursday. “We’re hoping it will be walkable again by this weekend, if we don’t get more rain.”
The sanctuary visitor center remains open.
The nearly two-mile-long boardwalk into a blackwater swamp with 1,000-year-old cypress trees is the centerpiece of the 1,800-acre Francis Beidler Forest Sanctuary owned and managed by the National Audubon Society at Four Holes Swamp. The center charges an $8 admission, $4 children to enter the forest.